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Adhesives and fasteners guide from WDS
One of the most common needs in engineering is to join two or more parts together. Usually, the main requirement is for a secure and long-lasting bond, although the ability to undo the joint at will is not uncommon. Here, John Marshall, Technical Engineer at WDS Component Parts reviews the relative merits of various fastener and adhesive options.
Brakes and clutches: the defining element
Brakes and clutches are often the defining element in the operation and productivity of driven machinery. However, they are frequently taken for granted, so here, Mike Hemming, Engineering Manager at Matrix International in Scotland redresses the balance.
Backing British growth: UK food producers need to automate
Food and drink manufacturers are this week backing calls to boost UK food production following reports that the nation’s self sufficiency is on the slide and within a generation over half of the UK’s food will be imported. Dennis Allison, Managing Director of Pacepacker Services, comments.
Top 5 problems with HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces)
A study from 2007 showed that 75 per cent of office workers admit to resorting to physical violence against their computer; the other 25 per cent probably only employed mental abuse. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing manager of European Automation, addresses this disturbing statistic while discussing the top five problems commonly faced when using HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces).
Food industry at robotics tipping point
In the last 12 months there has been a noticeable uptake in robotics in the food processing sector. Although way behind the rest of the EU and US markets in terms of sales, global food security, volatile commodity prices and the much reported grocery price wars are all driving manufacturers towards the same conclusion; efficiency is paramount and introducing robotics provides that all-important competitive edge.
Save time by eliminating manual scanning from your warehouse
Charlie Brackley of Harland Simon (Vero Solutions) describes how organisations can improve efficiency by eliminating the need for manual scanning of pallets and locations in warehouses.
PCB-based options are mighty minis for motor control
If you’re looking for high-performance control of DC brushed, brushless and stepper motors across multiple axes, the typical enclosed DIN-rail mounting box might be your first thought. But INMOCO’s Gerard Bush argues that in many general purpose automation applications, as well as in areas such as life sciences equipment, scientific automation and robotics, PCB motion cards, amplifiers and motion/amplifiers might well provide a better option.
Why bother fitting a torque limiter to a machine?
Whether you are designing a new machine or you are responsible for the operation and maintenance of a plant or piece of equipment, keeping costs down is always at the forefront of your mind. To be competitive you must always try to save money, or perhaps more specifically you must aim to spend your money in the wisest way possible.